Alabama notebook: Kamara undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery
by Marq Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- After limping through practice with a brace on his right knee Wednesday, Alabama freshman running back Alvin Kamara missed Thursday’s practice to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

“Alvin Kamara needed a scope,” Tide coach Nick Saban said Thursday. “It’s not very serious. Probably very similar to what Mark (Ingram) had a couple years ago. He’ll probably be out a couple of weeks.”

Saban praised Kamara for how he’s performed during preseason practice and didn’t rule out the possibility of him contributing this season.

“He was doing extremely well,” Saban said. “He’s going to be a really good player. This is not something that would supersede us continuing to try to use him this year if he can come back and learn while he’s not out there and be able to continue to develop.

“By learning from other people’s mistakes and watching the film. Sometimes you can see the big picture that way better than you can when you’re out there right in the middle of it.”

WILSON LOVE: Sophomore defensive lineman Wilson Love has missed a couple of practice with what Saban described as "not really a major problem."

“Wilson Love has a medical issue, he’s day-to-day,” Saban said. “He should be back any day."

SATURDAY'S SCRIMMAGE: Alabama will scrimmage one more time this Saturday before game week. Saban noted that this scrimmage will be similar to every other scrimmage.

“Might be a little bit more game-like in terms of sideline organization so players have a little more knowledge of what to expect when the real game comes, but really, not a lot different,” he said.

One thing the Tide won’t do is practice returning kicks live to avoid injuries.

“We never, ever, have practiced kicking live,” Saban said. “We practice it and practice it full speed, but we never practice it live. We probably won’t do that again. That doesn’t mean we won’t try to block a kick. But I’m just talking about returns, where you’re laying people out. We’ve never really ever done that.”
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